The Last of Willie Mitchell

Cam Davie
August 16 2010 02:57PM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 16: Willie Mitchell #8 of the Vancouver Canucks slides the puck past goalie John Curry #36 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of NHL action on January 16, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

(**psst - I'm back!**) As rumours continue to swirl about the immediate future of WIllie Mitchell, it seems the fleeting optimism about Mitchell's return to Vancouver may be somewhat premature.

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Canucks Hire Newell Brown

Jonathan Willis
August 04 2010 07:31AM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 11: Henrik Sedin #33, Mikael Samuelsson #26, Daniel Sedin #22 and Kyle Wellwood #42 of the Vancouver Canucks along with coaches Ryan Walter and Alain Vigneault sit on the bench during the final minute of play against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 11, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 5-1 to win the series 4-2. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

By now, everyone is likely aware that the Canucks have sent away assistant coach Ryan Walter, and replaced him with Newell Brown, most recently a coach with the Anaheim Ducks. What does Brown’s background look like?

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The Profile Of A Top-30 Scorer, Pre- And Post-Lockout

Jonathan Willis
August 04 2010 07:23AM

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 23: Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

As a guy who spends a lot of his time watching and writing about hockey, I also read a lot of hockey publications. And suffice to say that if I had a nickel for every time I read how the “New NHL” encourages speed and “opens up the game” for skill players, allowing small players who otherwise would never have had a chance at the big leagues to get a taste of it, then I’d have a lot of nickels to throw at the guys who do the write-ups for THN draft previews.

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Raymond Signs... The First Domino Falls

Cam Davie
July 26 2010 10:15AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his goal in front of Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in game three of the Western Conference Semi-final at Staples Center on April 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Canucks fans have two more years to watch Raymond pot some beauties.

The Vancouver Canucks avoided an arbitration hearing, signing an 11th hour deal with Mason Raymond for 2 years at an average of $2.55 million. With Raymond back in the fold and the top 6 forwards locked, Mike Gillis and the Canucks will now turn their attention to dealing with their cap situation and their blue line.

So what's the next move?

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Salo Out... NOW What?

Cam Davie
July 25 2010 02:02PM

CHICAGO - MAY 09: A trainer attends to Sami Salo #6 of the Vancouver Canucks at the end of the first period after Salo suffered an injury against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 9, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Oh, Sami. Why are you so broken?

We learned late this week that oft-injured defenseman and longtime Canuck Sami Salo ruptured his Achilles tendon in his native Finland.

Not that we should be surprised given Salo's history, but does this change the Canucks' plans to help with their salary cap concerns?

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